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AISD Bands and Orchestras Recognized with National Honors

Allen ISD Bands and orchestras recently were recognized with Mark of Excellence and Citation of Excellence awards by the Foundation for Music Education.

Congratulations to the following Allen ISD Bands and Orchestras:

Mark of Excellence (Varsity Division)

National Winners:

  • Allen HS Wind Ensemble – Philip Obado
  • Curtis MS Chamber and Sinfonia I Orchestra – Amada Su and Amy Gearhart

Commended Winners:

  • Allen HS Symphony Orchestra – David DeVoto, Matt Cross, and Philip Obado
  • Allen HS Chamber Orchestra – David DeVoto and Matt Cross

Citation of Excellence (JV Division)


  • Lowery Freshman Center Wind Ensemble – Joshua Blankenship
  • Lowery Freshman Center Chamber Orchestra – Ellen Townley

Both competitions recognize outstanding achievement in performance by high school and middle school bands, choirs and orchestras at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. Entries are adjudicated by nationally recognized teachers and conductors. The top 25 percent of entries are recognized as National Winners, with the second 25 percent named as Commended Winners.